Q How do you decide that the patient is no longer able to live alone? A The number one issue to be concerned about is safety. Is this person safe to be left by themselves if no one is able to be with them 24/7?

 

 Q How do you decide that the patient is no longer able to live alone?

 A The number one issue to be concerned about is safety. Is this person safe to be left by themselves if no one is able to be with them 24/7?

If they aren’t, is there a way to have someone with them all of the time? Can they take their medication? Are they eating if no one is around?

Are they able to toilet and bathe if no one is there? And finally, are they apt to wander or leave a cooker on?

After safety, the next consideration is quality of life. Many times people are able to stay in their home with home care – or to stay in the home of a loved one with support.

However, there are times when that isn’t feasible or safe or the quality of life of the person with dementia just is too poor in their own home

If you aren’t certain, please consider talking to a professional for advice.

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